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Fes to Marrakech Sahara Desert Camel Treks & Tours

Our 3, 4, or 5 days include a night in our Erg Chebbi camp, plus hotel nights in Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site and Dades Valley and/or Todra gorge.

3 DAYS itinerary and price

4 DAYS itinerary and price

5 DAYS itinerary and price


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3 DAYS DESERT TOUR & CAMEL TREK

3 days may not be available due to winter weather delays in the High Atlas Tichka mountain pass.
All 4 and 5 day tours below can depart any day of the year.

sand riding

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS (MAD)
1 explorer: 6000
2 explorer: 4000 each person
3 explorers: 3500 each person
4+ explorers: 3000 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m. and transport (8 hours) over the Middle Atlas mountains through the cedar forests of Ifrane to Midelt and the Ziz gorges, until the Sahara Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the hotel 29km from Merzouga where you'll meet your camel guide and ride 1.5 hours into the dunes at sunset to the nomad camp. Upon arrival a traditional tagine dinner is served under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent, or sleep out under the stars.

Day 2
This morning you'll wake very early to get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a big breakfast and hot shower before going to Tinehir. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Before arriving in Tinehir, you'll visit the Todra gorge, then after a short drive back to town, settle into your room in the old kasbah. 

Day 3
This morning you continue toward Marrakech. In the Dades valley you'll stop at an overlook at the Monkey fingers rock formations. Your next destination is Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou. Along the way you'll pass through many Berber villages, and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Villages sprinkle the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil. Pass through Ouarzazate where you can visit the Kasbah Taourite. Next you'll explore around the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass to Marrakech, with time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, and coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech this night.

 

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4 DAYS DESERT TOUR & CAMEL TREK

What a difference one day makes. You can enjoy off road visiting Nomads and remote Berber villages, take a walk in in Todra or Dades, and arrive early in Erg Chebbi to enjoy swimming and explore the desert on camel trek.
Available year-round.

climbing dunes

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer: 7200
2 explorers: 4800 each person
3 explorers: 4200 each person
4+ explorers: 3600 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m. and transport (8 hours) over the Middle Atlas mountains through the cedar forests of Ifrane to Midelt and the Ziz gorges, until the Sahara Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the hotel 29km from Merzouga where you'll meet your camel guide and ride 1.5 hours into the dunes at sunset to the nomad camp. Upon arrival a traditional tagine dinner is served under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent, or sleep out under the stars.

Day 2
This morning you'll wake very early to get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a big breakfast and hot shower before going to Tinehir. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Before arriving in Tinehir, you'll visit the Todra gorge, then after a short drive back to town, settle into your room in the old kasbah.

Day 3
This morning you can wander with a local Berber guide (optional) through the Todra palmeries, villages, gardens, and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Onwards into the Dades valley you'll stop at an overlook at the Monkey fingers rock formations. Your next destination (2 hours) is Ait Benhaddou. Along the way you'll drive off road, (weather permitting) across the mountains to the remote village of Boutaghrah, and visit nomads in the area, then pass through many Berber villages, and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Villages sprinkle the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil - until Ouarzazate - and continue on to Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site kasbahs. You're welcome to visit the Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate as well. Spend the night in a small hotel with views of Ait Benhaddou.

Day 4
This morning at your leisure, you can explore the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou before the crowds from Marrakech arrive. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Back in the car, you'll follow the old Salt Road camel caravan route to Telouet to visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This once beautiful palace now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. After lunch descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech, with time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes over coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech this night.

 

sand sculpture

 

 


 

5 DAYS DESERT TOUR & CAMEL TREK

There is a lot to see in the desert besides touring around to visit sites and camel trekking. Our five days allows time to immerse yourself in the most interesting sites and history of the Old Salt Road, spend more time in the dunes and experience more deeply the culture of desert Nomads and Berbers.
Available year-round.

hello to my camel

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer:
2 explorers: 5600 per person
3 explorers: 4900 per person
4+ explorers: 4200 per person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel and transport (8 hours) over the Middle Atlas mountains through the cedar forests of Ifrane to Midelt and the Ziz gorges, until the Sahara Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the hotel 29km from Merzouga where you'll meet your camel guide and ride 1.5 hours into the dunes at sunset to the nomad camp. Upon arrival a traditional tagine dinner is served under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent, or sleep out under the stars.

Day 2
This morning you'll wake very early to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a leisurely big breakfast and hot shower. You can try sand boarding the dunes, chill out in the auberge pool, or take your car and driver for an off road tour around the Erg Chebbi*. Stop to visit Nomad families for tea if they are in the region and you can explore as much as you wish. On route are the villages of Merzouga and Hamlia, famous for the Gnawa music of the Sufi tribes and you can stop and explore both. Stay in desert hotel in the dunes (where you also started the camel trek). Our desert kasbah consists of a traditional building situated right at the dune line on a natural rise surrounded by shady tamarisk trees. In times of rain the site is surrounded by a natural lake filled with birds. The auberge has a swimming pool and a two large salons for entertainment and where meals are served. The staff are from the immediate region, of haritan, nomad and berber origins - some are master drummers.

Day 3
Leaving the desert dunes you'll travel through the remote volcanic Saghro Massif towards Tinehir. Along the way you can visit fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in Khorbat, the ancient mud village. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages and it's fun to explore and people watch. Evening visit the night market in Tinehir. Stay is in an old kasbah.

Day 4
Take a walk through Todra Gorge, where sheer limestone walls rise to 300 m in its narrowest part. After lunch you can wander with a local Berber guide through palmeries, villages, gardens, and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Onwards into the Dades valley you'll stop at an overlook at the Monkey fingers rock formations. Your next destination (2 hours) is Ait Benhaddou. Along the way you'll drive off road, (weather permitting) across the mountains to the remote village of Boutaghrah, and visit nomads in the area, then pass through many Berber villages, and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Villages sprinkle the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil - until Ouarzazate - and continue on to Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site kasbahs. You're welcome to visit the Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate as well. Spend the night in a small hotel with views of Ait Benhaddou.

Day 5
This morning you can take time to explore the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou before the crowds from Marrakech arrive. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for countless adventure films. In its prime it was one of the most powerful fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road for caravans that brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Back in the car you'll follow the old Salt Road camel caravan route to Telouet to visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This once beautiful palace now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. After lunch descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech, with time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes over coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Arrive in Marrakech at your riad or hotel approximately 6 p.m.
You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech this night.

 

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PRAISE FOR OUR DESERT TOURS

"So much more than a camel trek!"

The two of us have spent an unforgettable four days with Morocco Explored from Fes to Marrakech. We've done so much in these four days but the whole experience has been one of total relaxation. From booking with Robbin, Hammou arriving at our Riad in Fes, to an arranged guided tour of the beautiful palmeries in Tinehrir, there's been so much to see and do but the guides and itineraries change according to your interests and what you feel like doing.

Guides are knowledgeable and are from the areas that youre visiting. Some of the places along the way are less interesting than others (fossil shop, movie museum) as the real highlights are the moroccan countryside and people you encounter along the way. If you're looking for a real Moroccan experience and you're not sure where to start then put down your guide book right now and book with these guys!

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